John Bowman

North Island College students receive welcome back

Orientation day at the Port Alberni campus took place on Thursday, Sept. 1 for new and returning NIC students.



As the rain poured down in Port Alberni on Sept. 1, new and returning students huddled under a gazebo at the North Island College (NIC) campus where they received an official welcome back from NIC president, John Bowman.

North Island College’s annual orientation day provides students with a chance to become familiar with the campus, meet instructors and learn about the college’s resources in a welcoming environment.

Before a free lunch provided by the Alberni Valley Lions Club, Bowman gave a speech to students and faculty that he kept light and humorous.

“I thought we would have a little fun because I have to confess I hate giving boring presidential speeches,” Bowman said.

After Bowman introduced NIC staff members he played a game with students, quizzing them on what they think is going to be great about being a student at NIC.

To finish his speech, Bowman provided students with words of encouragement for the upcoming school year.

“At North Island College we are really dedicated to helping you be successful…take advantage of this opportunity by getting involved, by connecting and interacting with everyone here at the campus,” Bowman said.

After welcoming students Bowman said he’s very excited for the upcoming school year.

“It’s really about the people, the faculty and staff here are so dedicated and so committed to helping students and supporting the community,” Bowman said.

Bowman said admission numbers for the coming school year are positive.

“Enrolments are good, particularly in our health and human services here and the trades and technology programs are all basically full,” Bowman said.

The president added that adult basic upgrading enrolment numbers are a little smaller than normal but that it’s nothing to be too concerned about.

Nancy Twynam, Port Alberni campus administrator and assistant director of student affairs, added that NIC enrolment numbers are about the same as last year but calculus admissions have risen slightly.

 

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